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  • Remembering Xinh Dwelley

    Gordon Weeks|Nov 30, 2023

    Xinh Dwelley was a cooking legend, a champion oyster shucker, a philanthropist, and in her own words, "Julia Child in Shelton." Her radiant smile is the image that lingers. The native of South Vietnam who created exquisite cuisine in Xinh's Clam & Oyster House in downtown Shelton and authored two cookbooks died Nov. 17 at age 72. Her life will be celebrated at a memorial service at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Skookum Event Center at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton. The Shelton-Mason...

  • City passes $44M 2024 budget

    Gordon Weeks|Nov 30, 2023

    The Shelton City Council passed a $44-million budget for 2024. The council voted unanimously for the budget at its Nov. 21 meeting. The state requires the city’s budget to be complete by the end of the year. The budget is an increase of $3.1 million, 8%, from the revised 2023 budget. The budget also includes a general fund allocation of $15.5 million, a $326,349 increase from the 2023 general fund budget. The expenditures in the 2024 budget include $15,565 in the general fund, $1,886,758 in the street fund, $832,000 for the Transportation Benef...

  • Examiner lets Taylor use black oyster bags

    June Williams|Nov 30, 2023

    Taylor Shellfish will not have to use costly blue or green oyster bags but will still need third-party monitoring for environmental impacts of its proposed floating oyster bag farm in Oakland Bay, the Mason County hearing examiner ruled Nov. 21, revising an original decision. The seafood company objected to requirements that the black color of the oyster bags be replaced with blue or green and that it pay for a monitoring plan prepared by a third-party expert and filed a motion for reconsideration after the project was approved Oct. 9. “The c...

  • Xinh Dwelley

    Nov 30, 2023

    Xinh Dwelley passed away on November 17 surrounded by friends and family after a courageous battle against cancer. Xinh was 72 years old. Born in South Vietnam, she began her culinary journey at 15 as a chef in a U.S. Army hall. In 1970, at the age of 19, Xinh married an American soldier and immigrated to Olympia with her young son, Bill. Never one to sit idle, she opened a stand at the Olympia Farmers Market to sell her famous eggrolls and in her spare hours, picked blueberries and mushrooms,...

  • City swears in new police chief, captain

    Nov 30, 2023

    Family and friends packed the Shelton Civic Center meeting chamber Nov. 21 to watch the promotion of the Shelton Police Department's new captain and chief. Mayor Eric Onisko, left, swore in newly promoted Captain Dan Patton, center, and Chief Chris Kostad. Kostad replaces Carole Beason, who was the town's chief for three years until she retired in October. "It's an exciting night for the city, the chief and the captain, as they have spent a number of years with the City of Shelton Police...

  • Holiday events all month in Mason County

    Gordon Weeks|Nov 30, 2023

    Holiday events begin in earnest this weekend in downtown Shelton, Union and Belfair, and continue throughout December throughout Mason County. Dowtown Shelton The organization Christmastown hosts the Mason County Festival of the Firs events countywide during December. Shelton Cinemas screens the film "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," starring Jim Carrey, at 3:45 p.m. Friday at 517 W. Franklin St. The Shelton Merchants Cookie Stroll is from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The lighting of the Christmas tree...


    Kirk Ericson|Nov 30, 2023

    After a lifetime of not doing so, I started making our bed two months ago. The spur was mostly a desire to improve order in the courtroom, which it has, but we’ve also discovered the satisfaction of slipping into a smooth invitation at the end of the day. Your mind drifts while making the bed, and mine drifted the other day to a question: How many people make their bed? In 2011, an organization asked America just that. It’s 70% of us, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Last week, I sen...


    Nov 30, 2023

    American virtue Editor, the Journal, Sheriff Ryan Spurling recently spoke to The North Mason Rotary Club. He shared plans, statistics and Peelian principles of ethical policing. To be average, the Sheriff’s Office needs 80 officers, but it has only 48 (FBI UCR/LEOKA 2019). The jails are re-accredited ( The violent crime clearance rate is up 7.8 percent compared with the last 10 years ( Alternatives to jail are thriving for veterans, people addicted to drugs, and people with mental illness ( I a...

  • Turkey Trot

    Nov 30, 2023

    Evergreen Elementary School staged its 43rd annual Turkey Trot on Wednesday at the school in downtown Shelton. Students in grades kindergarten through fourth raced around the school building and playground, with the top three finishers from each grade receiving Walmart gift cards. Teachers and staff members ran with the students....


    June Williams|Nov 30, 2023

    Commissioners place sales tax on ballot Commissioners approved a resolution placing a proposition on the Feb. 13 special election ballot authorizing a sales & use tax rate of 2/10 of 1% sales and use tax for 911 emergency communications operations at a special meeting Nov. 28. MACECOM governance board recommended the tax, saying “additional funding is needed to fund necessary critical infrastructure, increased staffing and operations of the emergency communications center in order to provide vital public safety services to the public,” acc...


    Kirk Boxleitner|Nov 30, 2023

    Welcome to the Disney era of "Doctor Who." Once upon a time, there was a globally popular, decades-spanning sci-fi TV series about a mythic alien trickster who changed into different lead actors every few years and who traveled through space and time in a disappearing blue box that was bigger on the inside than on the outside. As the narrative became less accessible to casual viewers, due to the compounding complexity of its many backstories, it only took a handful of ill-considered revisions...

  • Climber bowlers knock off Black Hills at Westside

    Matt Baide, For the Journal|Nov 30, 2023

    Shelton had its best match of the season in a 1,497-1,440 win against Black Hills on Nov. 21 at Westside Lanes in Olympia. Eight Highclimbers bowlers increased their match average, with Kaelynn Robbins leading the way with a 142 average. Alivia Holt had a 141 average and Lilah Wentworth recorded a 132.5 average. Josefina Francisco-Zacarias tallied a 129 average and Ruby Hernandez averaged 117.5. The varsity team recorded a single game team-high 663. Shelton (2-3) traveled to Fairway Lanes in...

  • Theler splendor

    Nov 30, 2023

  • Port of Allyn to meet about Allyn Carey water system

    June Williams|Nov 30, 2023

    The Port of Allyn was set to vote on the final draft of a purchase and sale agreement for the Allyn Carey water system at a Wednesday special meeting occurring after the Herald’s deadline. Commissioners called a special meeting Nov. 27 to hammer out details of the proposed contract with Jeff Carey’s attorney and the port’s legal team. The port is hoping to use grant money to acquire Carey’s system, including the well and surrounding lots. “A number of moving parts remain,” said port attorney Peter Fraley, of Ogden Murphy Wallace. The propert...


    Clydene Hostetler|Nov 30, 2023

    I really enjoyed reading this week's diary. Felt kind of sorry for Sam having back problems. Mary always refers to him going to the doctors for treatment. I bet you Mary and Sam mailed a lot of Christmas cards. Sunday, Nov. 20, 1949 Awoke early. So much shooting and the phone rang. Very foggy out. Delmar Deputy was down to see Sam about the truck, so we ate a late breakfast. Cleaned house and looked at all the beautiful favors Doris sent. Sam still has a stiff back, so he has the heat pad on...

  • Sunny days

    Nov 30, 2023

  • Ethelwyn Rae (Gourley) Hoffman

    Nov 30, 2023

    Ethelwyn Rae (Gourley) Hoffman, Wyn to those who knew her, passed peacefully on Sunday, November 12, 2023. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend to many. Wyn was born in Tacoma, WA to Dr. James and Edith Gourley. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Ted Hoffman, her son, Forrest Hoffman, both her parents, and her brother, Jim Gourley. Wyn is survived by her daughters: Krysia Shorten (husband, Glenn Shorten) and Allison Nelson (husband, Gary Nelson) and by her grandc...

  • Edith Borgny Nygård Jaques

    Nov 30, 2023

    Edith Borgny Nygård Jaques, 88, passed away quietly in her sleep on the evening of November 13th, 2023. Edith, or "Borgny" as she was affectionately known in Shelton, was born on September 22, 1935 to Ivar Kornelius Nygård and Solveig Emilie (Kjorslevik) on the small island of Rugsund in the Nordfjord on the west coast of Norway. She was one of ten children. She had two brothers, Egil and Jan, and seven sisters: Gudrun, Anny, Else, Ingrid, Lilly, Signe and Magny. Borgny loved children, e...

  • Terry Lee Harkins

    Nov 30, 2023

    Terry Lee Harkins, 74, died unexpectedly November 9, 2023, at Summit Pacific Medical Center. He was born January 6, 1949 in Walla Walla, WA to Claud E. and Yvonne P. (Hatley) Harkins. Terry graduated from Mary M. Knight High School, Class of 1967. Following graduation, he worked at Simpson Timber Company before joining the U.S. Air Force and serving during the Vietnam War. After he left the Air Force Terry returned to Shelton and married Theresa Iversen in 1975. They resided in Shelton and he...

  • Kenneth F. Maxwell

    Nov 30, 2023

    Kenneth F. Maxwell was born on December 11, 1937, in Seattle, Washington, at Harborview Medical Center to Edna Ann Thompson and Marvin Ronald Maxwell. He grew up on his family homestead, which was established well before 1899, where he was raised on a dairy farm near his grandparent's orchard off the Maxwell Road in Maple Valley, Washington. Ken passed away peacefully in Shelton, WA on October 18, 2023. He was 85 years old. He graduated from Tahoma High School in 1956. He married Flora (Vanderfo...

  • Recently Passed

    Nov 30, 2023

    David Rickard, 65, a resident of Shelton, passed away November 6, 2023, at home. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Lisa Ann Replogle, 43, of Hoodsport, passed away November 14, 2023 in Shelton. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Valjeanne Sawhill, 69, of Shelton, passed away November 17, 2023, at Providence St. Peter in Olympia. Arrangements are by McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Xinh Dwelley, 72, of Shelton, passed away November 17, 2023, at Capital...